Spring is just on the other side of this weekend. We are almost there, my friends. Pay no attention to the snow storm in the forecast. With the Well Summit’s Day of WELLness, the parade and a mind full of weekend musings, I’ve got plenty to keep me preoccupied (and my weather app closed).
I love how this mini sketchbook (above) I made turned out. I cut down some 140lb. hot press watercolor, painted and mono printed several sheets and then bound them using a simple pamphlet stitch. I ended up having enough paper to make four mini books, and each one (painting aside) took less than 5 minutes to assemble– it was a surprisingly simple + meditative process. I’ve been using them for daily sketching and jotting down notes.
Related: My friend and fellow Get Messy creative team member Vanessa just released a wonderful online class called Basic Bookbinding. It’s a steal for $15 and covers 4 different methods (I am really excited to try the more complicated coptic stitch) for making your own sketchbooks and art journals.
Unrelated: March Madness is here. I came in third (I think?) in my sister’s office pool last year, and have high hopes for this year’s bracket too. It should be noted that there is essentially no method to my (March… lololol) madness.
The South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade route has been shortened (again). We would normally watch from the top of our street where it’s fairly quiet and far less crowded than Broadway. Grace has basically been looking forward to the parade… since last year’s parade, so I expect we’ll be braving the circus. Seeing her enthusiastically shake hands with politicians is sort of the best thing ever.
I was trying to get back to sleep after feeding Nick a few nights ago and should have done just that (sleep), but instead I scrolled through the approximately 900 open browser tabs on my iPhone.
Obvious disclaimer: We all know screens and sleep don’t mix.
Of these 900 (give or take) browser tabs, there were articles I had started to read (and thought maybe, eventually I’d finish), recipes I hoped to make, and Frenchies I would like to sneak into our home. The usual. Plus, like, the unusual.
If it’s 3 AM and you’re reading this, maybe… put down your phone, sniff some lavender and try to do some sort of sleep visualization. But if it’s the middle of the day and you’re wondering what on Earth I find interesting enough to keep floating around on my phone for days (or in some cases, months), you’re in luck.
OPEN BROWSER TABS | 3 AM EDITION
Find a friend (a.k.a. The tab I will keep open forever and always): Every few months, I spot a Frenchie that I am certain is related to Clark and I try to convince Nick that we need to reunite them. In our home. Forever. I’m selfishly not hyperlinking this one because I want first dibs on our next puppy… and because I think there’s much to be said for adopting pets rather than buying from breeders.
Farmer’s Choice Boxes from Ward’s Berry Farm in Sharon, MA: We haven’t been home enough this summer to justify a full CSA share, but I’ve been keeping my eye on the weekly box offerings from one of our favorite local farms. New lists are posted each Monday and you have until Wednesday evening to purchase the week’s box if you’re interested. This week’s box is $23 and includes blueberries, carrots, tatsoi*, summer squash, red beets, lettuce, onions, mint and fava beans.